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    Foldable partitions & flexi-pods

    How should I understand the underlined sentence? Especially,
    1) what are foldable partitions?
    2) what's flexi-pods?
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    Redesigning and planning classroom physical space is thus essential in promoting a multi-faceted learning environment. Foldable partitions allow for the reconfiguration of space, as does locating flexi-pods near learning courtyards and eco-trails. These and similar conditions pertaining to flexibility and ease of access to technology, equipment and use of space all interconnect to enable new forms of teaching and learning.


    (See Chapter 4 "Leadership for 21st century learning in Singapore's high-performing schools" of a report titled "Leadership for 21st century learning" published by OECD in 2013. )


    (The second paragraph of p.117. Here is the link: http://www.keepeek.com/Digital-Asset...406-en#page119)

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    Re: Foldable partitions & flexi-pods

    Foldable partitions are temporary walls you can fold or move around to partition off sections of a room. I think flexi-pods are just another name for temporary workspace cubicles.

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    Re: Foldable partitions & flexi-pods

    Thanks a lot for your interpretation!
    For flexi-pods, I guess the author has used its metaphorical meaning here, like something that can flexibly put near courtyards or trails. But I am not very sure.

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    Foldable partitions are temporary walls you can fold or move around to partition off sections of a room. I think flexi-pods are just another name for temporary workspace cubicles.

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    Re: Foldable partitions & flexi-pods

    Why would it be a metaphorical meaning? It makes perfect sense to use actual, physical foldable partitions when redesigning classroom space.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Foldable partitions & flexi-pods

    I agree with you. I just feel that if "learning courtyards" and "eco-trails" seem like the metaphorical meaning of "classroom", then "flexi-pods" maybe also be used in its metaphorical meaning.

    Or I might misunderstood "metaphorical meaning".

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Why would it be a metaphorical meaning? It makes perfect sense to use actual, physical foldable partitions when redesigning classroom space.

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    Re: Foldable partitions & flexi-pods

    Quote Originally Posted by shwm View Post
    I agree with you. I just feel that if "learning courtyards" and "eco-trails" seem like the metaphorical meaning of "classroom", then "flexi-pods" maybe also be used in its metaphorical meaning.

    Or I might misunderstood "metaphorical meaning".
    Those terms have nothing to do with metaphorical meaning. Metaphors are words which carry symbolic meanings. They are used more in literary works rather than in factual descriptions of physical items.
    Last edited by tedmc; 26-Jul-2015 at 04:59.
    I am not a teacher.

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